The Connecticut State Historical Records Advisory Board (CT SHRAB), in collaboration with Conservation ConneCTion, is pleased to announce that $41,635 in grants was awarded to 17 public libraries, historical societies, and museums in the state, as the result of funding from the National Historic Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC).
These funds will be used to bring professional archivists on-site to instruct staff and volunteers in archival standards and best practices and to aid them in making these collections more accessible to users.
Grant applications were accepted from nonprofit organizations including museums, historical societies, historic house museums, libraries, archives, religious and community organizations and other cultural institutions in Connecticut, that own, care for, and exhibit archival collections to the public. Eligible institutions of all sizes were welcome to request support from this state-wide program.
Since 2009 CT SHRAB and Conservation ConneCTion have served Connecticut’s cultural heritage organizations by providing free site visits and assessments through the Traveling Archivist Program, assistance in making archival collections accessible through the Finding Aid Project and workshops on archival and digitization standards and best practices. All of these projects were generously funded by grants from NHPRC.
Traveling Archivist Implementation Grant Recipients:
Avery-Copp House Museum, Groton, CT:
$2,000 to hire Brian Stevens to develop a digitization plan and procedures manual.
Avon Free Public Library, Avon, CT:
$3,500 to hire Moira Conlan to develop a procedures manual and disaster plan for their archives.
The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, Hartford, CT:
$1,000 to hire Kristin Eshelman and Martha Smalley for an archival assessment and verify collection locations in their collection database.
Bethany Historical Society, Bethany, CT:
$4,000 to hire Martha Lund Smalley to teach archival management.
Bill Memorial Library, Groton, CT:
$2,353 to hire Martha Lund Smalley to teach archival arrangement and description.
Bridgeport History Center, Bridgeport Public Library, Bridgeport, CT:
$2,080 to hire Brian Stevens for training in digital harvesting and the purchase of related products.
Canton Public Library, Canton, CT:
$2,377 to hire Evelyn Green to arrange and describe collections in their archives.
C. H. Booth Library, Newtown, CT:
$1,507 to hire Brian Stevens to teach archival arrangement and description.
Danbury Railway Museum, Danbury, CT:
$2,767 to hire Brian Stevens to develop a digitization plan and procedures manual and conduct a high-level inventory of one photograph collection.
Ebenezer Avery House/Avery Memorial Association, Groton, CT:
$2,051 to hire Kristin Eshelman to create new preservation storage and housing for the Archives.
Finnish-American Heritage Society:
$1,000 to hire Martha Lund Smalley to help develop policies and procedures for the archives.
Friends of Wood Memorial Library & Museum, South Windsor, CT:
$2,500 to hire Evelyn Green to teach staff members and volunteers how to inventory the archives.
Hagaman Memorial Library, East Haven, CT:
$2,000 to hire Martha Lund Smalley to teach staff how to rehouse and reorganize the archive and create a shelf list for the collections.
Kent Historical Society, Kent, CT:
$3,000 to hire Moira Conlan to teach staff members and volunteers how to process a recently received collection and create a box list.
Sharon Historical Society, Sharon, CT:
$3,000 to hire Moira Conlan to teach archival appraisal and accessioning and create a procedures manual.
U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Special Collections, New London, CT:
$4,000 to hire Evelyn Green to help arrange, describe, and create a finding aid for the SPARS collection.
Westport Historical Society, Westport, CT:
$2,500 to hire Martha Lund Smalley to provide training on archival best practices to staff members and volunteers.
For more information on these programs please contact Kathy Craughwell-Varda at Conservation ConneCTion – CSL.ConservationConnection@ct.gov or 203-241-0618.
Learn more about CT SHRAB at http://ctstatelibrary.org/state-archives/connecticut-state-historical-records-advisory-board/.